Eye on the Media: The Battle to Discern Reliable Information

Posted on June 14, 2011 by



Graham Redfearn

‘Emails reveal nature of attacks on climate scientists’



Summary: But just what is the nature of the threats? What kind of language is being used?  Here are some extracts of emails sent since January this year to three Australia-based senior scientists researching climate change and its impacts…





Bjoern Amland

‘Millions displaced by natural disasters last year’

Associated Press


Summary: About 42 million people were forced to flee their homes because of natural disasters around the world in 2010, more than double the number during the previous year, experts said Monday.





John Keane

‘Bob Brown and the media: ‘I’ll take them on … they’ve crossed the line’’

The Conversation


Summary: Interview touching on a wide range of themes including: who holds power in media and how they exercise it; the role of the Fourth Estate, in particular the Murdoch press; how the ABC “feeds straight off” The Australian and News Ltd stories; how democracy is undermined by those who can buy influence; why debate on climate change is so poor; and holding the balance of power in the Senate.





The Climate Commission

‘The critical decade: climate science, risks and responses’


Summary: Over the past two or three years, the science of climate change has become a more widely contested issue in the public and political spheres. Climate science is now being debated outside of the normal discussion and debate that occurs within the peer-reviewed scientific literature in the normal course of research. It is being attacked in the media by many with no credentials in the field.  By contrast to the noisy, confusing “debate” in the media, within the climate research community our understanding of the climate system continues to advance strongly.






Productivity Commission

‘Carbon emission policies in key economies’


Summary: The Productivity Commission’s research report on Carbon Emission Policies in Key Economies has been released by the Government. It indicates responses key economies are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The report reveals that there are more than 1000 carbon policy measures in the nine countries studied, ranging from limited emissions trading schemes to policies that support particular types of abatement technology.